Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What happened to Romulus?

Romulus is our 15 year old mini poodle. Last night ~G~ couldn't go to sleep at all. I brought her back out to the living room and we watched Chronicles of Narnia and made a nest. After the movie, we left the Christmas lights on and she slept on the floor in a sleeping bag and I slept on the couch.

About 12.30, Romulus started screaming. I don't know if you've ever heard a dog scream but it is not pretty. I went in there to him and thought maybe his hair was caught in his grate. He likes to sleep in a little travel carry case, so I took it apart. His hair hadn't been caught, and he was listless, unmoving at this point. He could look at me with his eyes and he was still breathing, but he could not control his body. His nose stayed cold and wet, but he had lost his bowels. I wouldn't have heard him unless I was sleeping on the couch.

I got P-daddy because I wasn't sure whether he was dying or not. We cleaned him up and P-daddy went back to bed while I bundled the dog in towels and held him on the couch for an hour or so. He would intermittently shake, like he was seizing, but began to regain control one limb at a time. I kept talking to him, telling him it was okay, stroking his head. It was weird to watch. Finally, he went to sleep and I put him on the floor between me and ~G~. He woke me up twice, lapping water out of the Christmas tree stand.

By this morning he appears normal (for him anyway) but I am completely wiped. The last time I saw the clock it was 2.40am. The kids had been sleeping in until 9, but today we have the joy of all being awake at 7.40 am. I may have to carb load today. Smile

What happened to my dog?


  1. sounds like a seizure. We went through a few of them with my fist dog. It is scary. But if it helps - Christine lived to 17 1/2. We put her to sleep after a really bad seizure. I wonder if we hadn't how much longer she would have lived.

  2. I forgot to say - sending a little hug. It makes you think of when your kids are so little and they can't tell you what is wrong.

  3. Oh man, I am so sorry. I hope Romulus is doing better now. ((HUGS))

  4. I concur with bellbearberry, and we also had a dog prone to seizures who lived out his normal lifespan.

    I hope this is the case for your Romulus.

    Happy holidays!